Ranking the American League East: Who has the best second baseman?
How does the AL East -- likely the deepest in baseball -- stack up from position to position? This spring we're giving you an opportunity to vote for who has the edge at each spot.
Today, a look at the second basemen.
If you missed our previous polls, check them out here:
-- David Selig
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Tampa Bay Rays - Kelly Johnson( Leon Halip, Getty Images / February 23, 2013 )
The Rays have been experimenting using Johnson in the outfield this spring -- and they have the flexibility to juggle players in a Maddon-ing way this season -- but Johnson has spent the majority of his career at second base, so for this exercise we'll say he's starting there.
Johnson, 31, batted .225 with 16 HRs and 55 RBIs in Toronto last year. The offensive numbers were a decline from the previous two years, when he averaged 23.5 homers and 64.5 RBIs.
The Rays could also use utility infielder Ryan Roberts at second base, or Ben Zobrist, but we'll ticket the Zorilla for right field, where he played more games last year.